Discover Greenwich at the Old Royal Naval College, a new £6 milion contemporary cultural venue in the heart of Maritime Greenwich was opened by London Mayor, Boris Johnson, this week.
Discover Greenwich will unlock the history of Maritime Greenwich for over a million visitors a year and becomes the starting point for understanding and appreciating the World Heritage site and international tourist destination. The new venue also includes a new restaurant, bar and café containing a micro-brewery creating historical and modern beers.
Discover Greenwich uses state of the art interpretation techniques, never been seen before historic objects, rare artefacts, film footage and models in permanent and temporary exhibitions to tell the story of Maritime Greenwich and the Old Royal Naval College.
Over 500 years of history from Henry VIII’s Royal Palace, home of Mary I and Elizabeth I and Wren’s Royal Hospital for Seamen through to the Royal Naval College and modern Greenwich are explored. Key figures from Henry VIII, to Nelson are highlights in a narrative telling the story not just of Greenwich but of Britain. A new Greenwich Tourist Information Centre, run by Greenwich Council, and the new Clore Learning Centre are key features of the project.
Beside Discover Greenwich, The Royal Hospital’s Old Brewhouse has been brought back into use after 140 years by Meantime Brewing Company. The site that once brewed and piped beer directly to the Pensioners’ Dining Room in the Undercroft of the Queen Mary Building, as a 'restorative drink’ (each man had a ration of three pints a day) is now a restaurant, bar and café containing a micro-brewery which creates historic and modern beers.
The Greenwich Foundation, the charity which manages the Old Royal Naval College, runs Discover Greenwich. Total grants of just over £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as well as funding from the DCMS, the Clore Duffield Foundation and many private individuals have made Discover Greenwich possible.
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